Without question, bass can be the most impactful aspect of a car audio system. Low-end is the backbone of music and if a system is lacking in it then the whole system, no matter how well put-together, feels flat and underwhelming. This is why subwoofers are a commonly added or replaced element in the sound system. A subwoofer upgrade will get immediate results that can be heard and felt.
This article is focused on 10” subwoofers. While on the “smaller” side of subs, their size holds some benefits over their larger brothers. Because they are smaller, they move more quickly than larger speakers, translating to a tighter, punchier sound. On the flip side, they rarely have the depth of larger subs. Their small size is also more practical in most vehicles where space is valuable or restricted. Not only does a larger speaker take up more space, but the inside of the sub enclosure must have more volume in order for the speaker to perform properly.
There are hundreds of options for subwoofers out there, and choosing the right one can feel overwhelming as specifications and terms flood your head. We at Honestly Audio have put together a list of some of our favorite models and broken them down into categories based on what you may be looking for.